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Have Insiders Been Selling Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR) Shares This Year?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Acadia Realty Trust (NYSE:AKR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Acadia Realty Trust

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive VP & COO, Christopher Conlon, sold US$557k worth of shares at a price of US$27.83 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$28.55, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was 67% of Christopher Conlon's holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 35144 shares for a total of US$982k. Insiders in Acadia Realty Trust didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:AKR Recent Insider Trading, October 11th 2019

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Does Acadia Realty Trust Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Acadia Realty Trust insiders own 0.7% of the company, worth about US$17m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The Acadia Realty Trust Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Acadia Realty Trust insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Our analysis of Acadia Realty Trust insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Acadia Realty Trust.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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